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College merger celebration set
Officials to visit Cumming campus Thursday
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Forsyth County News

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The new University of North Georgia will celebrate its consolidation at 4 p.m. Thursday at the University Center | GA 400 campus, 300 Aquatic Circle, off Pilgrim Mill Road. The event is open to the public.

The public is invited to celebrate the merger of two area colleges.

Gainesville State College and North Georgia College & State University have officially consolidated, becoming the new University of North Georgia, during a Georgia Board of Regents meeting Tuesday.

On Thursday, the university’s president Bonita C. Jacobs, who had served as president of NGCSU, will visit each of the new university’s four campuses to celebrate the merger.

Jacobs is scheduled to visit the Cumming campus, known as University Center | GA 400, at 4 p.m.

Edie Rogers, a spokeswoman of the college, said the visit is open to the public.

“It’s a big celebration,” she said. “We’ll have T-shirts and cookies, so yeah … we’d love for people from the community to come out.”

The pep rally-style ceremony will feature a few remarks from Jacobs, members of the consolidated school cabinet and other local leaders including Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and county commissioners.

“There will also be things like the unveiling of the new mascot and the new logo, all that fun stuff,” Rogers said.

The merger of the two state schools was solidified last month when the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools approved the institutions’ plans to consolidate during the organization’s annual meeting in Dallas, Texas.

“That was really the final hurdle,” Rogers said.

Besides the Cumming campus, the University of North Georgia will include sites in Dahlonega, Gainesville and Watkinsville.

The Cumming campus opened in August, with its first students taking classes during the fall 2012 semester.